Anti-Vax Parents Make These States Dangerous


anti vaccination dangerWith the influx of misinformation regarding vaccines, the anti-vax population has grown significantly in the past few decades. So significantly that the Associated Press has been tracking vaccination rates among children, by state, to see who is protected from the deadly disease and who is not. The answers may not surprise you, but the numbers should -- at the very least -- shock you.

Some states are reaching that tipping point where the high rate of non-vaccinated children, or children whose parents have filed for a vaccine exemption, will begin to have a negative effect on even vaccinated people. And that is a place you do not want to be when the latest measles, whooping cough, or even polio outbreak occurs.

For those of you who think it's only your business whether your child is vaccinated or not, consider the families of these dead children.

Over 2,000 people became ill with whooping cough and 10 babies died in California from whooping cough, only one of which was vaccinated. And California isn't even in the top group of states filing for exemptions. But some areas of California have more non-vaxers than others. Hence, the other horrendous measles outbreak that quarantined San Diego children for 21 days and almost took the life of an infant who had the bad luck of being in the waiting room when the non-vax family infected with measles came in at the same time.

The states with the highest rates of non-vax kids include: Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, Vermont, Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Hawaii, Illinois, and Wisconsin. In fact some areas of Washington have exemption rates as high as 50 percent. That community is not one I would even step foot in with my kids, or myself since I have an autoimmune disease. These clusters of people who choose not to vaccinate can cause damage to the community as a whole. How California isn't part of this list is beyond me, but I'm breathing a sigh of relief all the same.

Vaccines do not offer 100 percent protection, which is why the herd immunity rates are so incredibly important. In order to actually eradicate a disease, a large percentage of the population must be vaccinated against said disease. Which is why a polio outbreak is not so far-fetched. Not anymore.

Do you fear for your children's health if you live in these areas?


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angev... angevil53

i am sandwiched between kansas and illinois and it really scares me to think that people would put other's at risk for such diseases. it wont take long before polio is seen again, or worse.

Andrea Byrd Plate

I live in Illinois and an really hoping we'll be able to move soon for reasons other than the low vaccination rate, but that's just another checkbox in the 'Reasons to Move' column.

Readi... ReadingIsSexy27

I fear for my childrens health and I dont live in those areas.  I respect that people make choices for their families that they deem best, but they shouldnt force the ramifications of those choices on everyone else.  If you chose not to vaccinate then you shouldnt be allowed to enroll your kids in school, attend public events etc.  Why should my child be put at risk because of your choices?

I understand the fear of what could happen if given the vaccines- I did a ton of research before chosing to vaccinate my daughters- but is it fair to put everyone else at risk?  I dont think so.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I'm glad my state wasn't on the list. People claim it's their right to not vaccinate and endanger their kids but it's a public health issue. They're like the people who think it's OK to smoke in public places. If they were only endangering themselves I wouldn't object but they are putting everyone around them at risk too. Add to that the fact that it's their kids who are in danger and it just makes them look even more selfish.

LoveM... LoveMyViolet

"With the influx of misinformation regarding vaccines"

I want to stress that there is misinformation on BOTH sides. I vaccinate my child (for the most part) but on man alternate schedule. There is no way my child is getting more than 2 shots at a time. The US gets more vaccinations than other countries. In the 1970s, when I was a child, there were 7 recommended vaccines. Now, there are 14. And some of them are riduculous! They push Hep B on you at the hospital and there is no need for that one! Not unless the mother has Hep B. Vaccines are BIG business and I think those of you that just blindly follow those recommendations are even more uneducated than those who do not vaccinate.


xanth... xanthian41691

"If you chose not to vaccinate then you shouldnt be allowed to enroll your kids in school, attend public events etc.  Why should my child be put at risk because of your choices?"

And why should my child suffer because of your choice to vaccinate?

I chose not to vaccinate my child after doing hours of research and discussing it with my husband. I don't critisize you for vaccinating, I would hope you would give me the same respect

Readi... ReadingIsSexy27

I dont criticize your choice, and I respect it.  But my choice isnt hurting everyone else.  Dont vaccinate, but stay away from me and my children.  And its your choice that would make your child suffer, since you are putting them at risk, and putting them in the position to put other children at risk. 

Why should your choice not to vaccinate risk my childs health?  This isnt an individual issue, its a public health issue.  If my infant contracted a disease from your unvaccinated child then you are to blame.  How is it fair to risk the health of others?

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Well xanthian, the difference is that our choice to vaccinate our kids doesn't put other children at risk. Your decision not to, however, does. See the difference? You don't want to vaccinate your kids and then send your potentially infected children out to play and we're supposed to be happy about you exposing our children to dangerous illnesses?

Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

I'm a proud Texan. I've actually never heard of non-vaccinating outside of the internet and other media. It's just not something people talk about here. Maybe in Austin there are some weirdos who don't vaccinate, but then again, there's a lot of weirdos in Austin anyway.

Mama2... Mama2MonkeyBoys

I'm not going into my usual tirade here. But I will say this: My insurance company does not pay for any unnecessary medical treatments. None. But they pay 100% of the cost of my children's vaccines. Why? Because they have been proven to prevent illness, which saves the insurance company money in the long run - their end goal.
The effectiveness of vaccines has been proven. It's not disputable - and yet we continue to dispute it. The facts are there, you need only look. Unless your child has had - or has the potential to have - serious reactions to vaccines, you should vaccinate them. If that is the case, you can thank the rest of us for the herd immunity we are giving your child. Because that is also real.

But, despite the plethora of research out there and the facts supporting the effectiveness of vaccines, this debate will continue to rage on. There are a multitude of willfully ignorant mothers (and fathers) out there who are more willing to listen to complete strangers on the internet than actually talk to a doctor about how vaccines work and why they are important. You can tell who they are, because they are the ones who think the vaccinated children are the ones spreading diseases. Complete and utter ignorance. It's baffling.

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